Welcome to The Shield‘s annual satire section.  Writers use satire to improve a problem in society. Sometimes readers misunderstand the satire as they do not recognize the hyperbole, irony, rhetorical questions, sarcasm, and understatements. Readers may mistake the satirical solution for the actual solution that the writer proposes. The ideas in these satire stories do not necessarilyContinue reading “Discomfort”

A Breath of Fresh Air

By Amelia Lipcsei Known for their air purifying abilities, spider plants have been used to remove toxins, such as formaldehyde (which is often found in common household adhesives and fillers), carbon monoxide, xylene, and benzene. These toxins have often been linked to cancer and other deadly diseases.  In the late 1900’s, NASA conducted a studyContinue reading “A Breath of Fresh Air”

History: The Significance of Giving People Flowers 

By Nupur Kudapkar  Flowers in modern society are given as a token of appreciation, to loved ones and significant others, to congratulate someone on their victories, as corsages and boutonnieres for a variety of events, funerals, etc. The versatility and cheapness of flowers make them excellent for any occasion; however, the question begs: since whenContinue reading “History: The Significance of Giving People Flowers “